5 reasons to relish a routine
Routines. We all need them and while it’s great to take a break and have a holiday, there’s no doubt that I’m more productive in all different areas of my life with a routine. Because…
As much as they’re the bane of my life, pack-ups mean that I have to be organised with food shops again. No more popping by the shop for something that we fancy, something that we hadn’t planned for. No, with a packed lunch and food plan for the week, the food shopping incorporates all things lunch box.
It’s the same with the dog and exercise. During holidays, we get up, let her out into the garden to do her business and there she stays (in good weather) while we chill out, kick back and eventually get our bums into gear to get dressed and take her for a walk. In fact, it’s clear to see that our dog needs routine too because she has no clue what’s coming next. She becomes unsettled. While we all get exercise from daily dog walks, it’s not as structured which means that meal-times are also out of synch, blog work is out of synch. You get the idea.
A big area that gets neglected when I’m on holiday is my gratitude journal. Any other time, I write every night and if I don’t or it gets delayed, something just doesn’t feel right. No biggie you might think but my journal is important to me for reasons that I outline in this post. Not writing the simplest things in there that I’m grateful for means that I don’t reflect on them. Which defeats the object. Important person things get put on the back-burner when I’m out of routine.
Jobs around the house… it’s bittersweet this one because while it’s
wonderful utter bliss not to be like a well-oiled machine going from the washing to meal prep to homework in the blink of an eye, small jobs get left for ‘later’ or ‘another day’ and clutter starts to gather…
… which is not good for my mental health. Clutter and jobs gradually pile up (literally up) and creep up on me until they simply can’t be left any longer. It’s clear to see why routine is better for my mental health. An organised day with routine = an organised and healthier mind.
In the main I love to get back to routine. It’s painful at first but my brain feels better for it!
How about you? Do you relish routine or hanker for holidays? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments or tweet me @AllSortsHere . Thanks.